Are You a REAL Leader? What Pinocchio Can Teach You About Becoming One

Often when I tell people that I wrote a leadership book called The Pinocchio Principle, they assume it must have something to do with ethics. It’s understandable, since the first thing most of us think of when we hear “Pinocchio” is a puppet whose nose grew when he lied. Pinocchio could easily be used as a metaphor for people who lie

How to Leverage Untapped Talent, Energy and Potential Through Behavioral Styles

  According to Gallup, employees who exercise their strengths on a daily basis are three times more likely to report having an excellent quality of life, six times more likely to be engaged at work, 8% more productive and 15% less likely to quit their jobs. But sadly, in many organizations people are not given

How to Create Synergy and Collaborate with People’s Differing Styles

  Are there people in your office (or your life) that drive you crazy because they insist on doing things so differently than you do?  When all you want is a high-level overview, they drown you in details.  Or maybe you’re the detail-oriented person who gets irritated with people who insist on going full speed

Three Common Mistakes Leaders Make When Trying to Influence Others — and What to Do Instead

  When my daughter was eleven years old, she handed me a piece of paper one Friday afternoon. Across the top of the page written in hot pink were the words “Why You Should Let Me Have a Friend Over Tonight.” Beneath the heading, in various bright colors adorned with hearts and smiley faces were

How to (Finally) Get Your Most Important Work Done

  Is there something vital that you’ve been meaning to get to that seems just out of reach? A juicy project, initiative or undertaking that you’re passionate about – that could potentially make a big impact on your career, in your organization, or simply on another human being? If you’re like most people, the answer

Feeling Stuck? Learn How to Access Your Best Answers

My last article, “How to Meet Change, Challenge and Uncertainty with Courage and Grace” discussed the importance of shifting from a reactive mode that is (often unthinkingly) triggered by fear and conditioning to the conscious, thoughtful, and intentionally constructive response that is characteristic of Real Leadership. Today, I’d like to give you a concrete tool

How to Meet Change, Challenge and Uncertainty with Courage and Grace

  A few weeks ago, I traveled to one of my client’s global quarterly leader meetings to deliver a presentation on navigating change and uncertainty. It’s something many executives are working through right now – in organizations both large and small. In fact, ironically, change is the one thing that is certain to be a

Leadership Lit Up: 5 Distinctions That Separate the Best from the Rest (Part 5)

  Today’s article is the fifth in a series of five highlighting key attributes of Real Leadership: a practice that allows you to inspire exceptional (and sustainable) performance in yourself and others to achieve record profitability, customer loyalty and growing market share – even in saturated and highly commoditized markets. KEY POINT #5: Real leadership

Leadership Lit Up: 5 Distinctions That Separate the Best from the Rest (Part 4)

  Today’s article is the fourth in a series of five highlighting key attributes of Real Leadership: a practice that allows you to inspire exceptional (and sustainable) performance in yourself and others to achieve record profitability, customer loyalty and growing market share – even in saturated and highly commoditized markets.   KEY POINT #4: Real

Leadership Lit Up: 5 Distinctions That Separate the Best from the Rest (Part 3)

  Today’s article is the third in a series of five highlighting key attributes of Real Leadership: a practice that allows you to inspire exceptional (and sustainable) performance in yourself and others to achieve record profitability, customer loyalty and growing market share – even in saturated and highly commoditized markets. KEY POINT #3: Real Leadership